Harrow Council is set to consult with the public on its latest parking strategy as it seeks to improve the borough’s environment.

Its cabinet agreed to recommendations in a report presented by lead environment member Cllr Varsha Parmar last week.

As part of the strategy, the council is considering increasing resident parking permit charges for drivers of high emissions cars.

It could also offer subsidised rates for drivers of ‘greener’ cars, such as electric vehicles, and hopes to provide more charging points across the region.

The report noted the council’s aspirations for fewer cars on the roads and, for those who will use cars, a push towards zero emissions vehicles.

Its author, David Eaglesham, head of traffic, highways and asset management at Harrow Council, said there is a “clear focus on the environmental impact”.

He added the strategy will be “instrumental in changing people’s behaviour and the impact of emissions on the environment.”

Cllr Parmar said the consultation gives residents the opportunity to influence the charges on vehicles in the borough.

Cllr Marilyn Ashton, deputy leader of Harrow Conservatives, said any increased charges must be “fair and equitable”.

She explained there are several residents who rely on these permits who could struggle to afford new, environmentally friendly cars.

“They cannot afford to get rid of their diesel cars just like that,” she said.

“It’s very expensive to buy an electric or hybrid car and the additional fees and charges for [permits] can be very draconian.

“I know we want to get rid of diesel cars, but you have to be realistic about people’s capacities to just go and buy new ones.”

Cllr Parmar said she would listen to everyone’s views in a “fair and holistic manner” and that, ultimately, it is about reducing emissions and promoting cleaner air.

Neighbouring Brent Council has already imposed a surcharge on resident parking permits for diesel drivers, which will hit £100 in April 2021.

Environmental campaigners have championed the move towards cleaner, more sustainable transport but have urged authorities to provide the necessary infrastructure.

The suggestion of a consultation will be put to full council tomorrow (July 18) and, if approved, will be opened to the public.